Jerry Joe Poulson

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HARTFORD CITY – Jerry Joe Poulson, 79, of Hartford City, passed away at 10:09 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at IU Health Blackford Hospital, Hartford City.

He was born in Hartford City on July 31, 1935, to the late Harold H. Poulson and the late Garnet A. (McCammon) Poulson-Reller.

Jerry married Peggy B. (Gothrup) Poulson on June 5, 1955, and she preceded him in death on July 27, 1997.

He married Patricia "Patty" D. (Markin) Shreves-Poulson on October 3, 1998, at Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, by the Rev. Lloyd Hall and Dr. Norman Glassburn.

Jerry retired in 1995. He was a pipe fitter for 50-plus years. He also had worked at Johnson Control for 23 years.

Jerry was the owner-operator of J & M Mechanical Contractors. He also formerly was the co-owner/co-operator of P.J. Sports Hut, located on the Square in Hartford City, for 23 years. P.J.'s Sports Hut had sponsored many sports teams in the community.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Blackford Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite (Valley of Ft. Wayne), Mizpah Shrine Club Ft. Wayne, Sons of the American Legion, Sons of the AMVETS, Local #440 Plumber and Steam Fitters Union in Muncie and Portland Moose Lodge. He was also a 50-year member of the Elks Lodge #625, where he was the past Exulted Ruler.

Jerry won a State of Indiana Master Welder Contest. He spent four years teaching welding and pneumatics controls to the apprentices for the Pipe Fitters Union. He was the first Hartford City Building commissioner and had been instrumental in setting code enforcement rules and regulations for residential and commercial building.

Jerry always enjoyed boating and summering at Seacrest Lake. He had been summering at the lake since 1961.

He was a charter member of Hartford City Little League.

Jerry was the initiator with his wife, Peg, for the Heritage Days basketball tournament.

He was an avid NASCAR fan, was a creative out-of-the-box problem solver and always had "hot cars."

Jerry was well known for all of his commitment and support to the community. But above all else he cherished his family.

Jerry will be sadly missed by his wife, Patricia "Patty" D. Shreves-Poulson, of Hartford City; children, Joni L. (husband, Steve) VanFossan, of Hartford City, James H. (wife, Kathy) Poulson, of Eaton, Beth A. (husband, Rick) Clark, of Miami, Scott C. (wife, Lana) Shreves of Plainfield, Ill., and Sarah D. (husband, Tim) Row, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; grandchildren, Ami (husband, Barry) Huffman, Brad (wife, Amanda) Slentz, Drew (fiancé, Megan Bilbo) Slentz, Samantha (husband, Zachary) Pursifull, Christina (husband, Nick) Kuzma, Andrew Poulson, Emily (husband, Jordan) Nicholson, Zack (wife, Heather) Clark, Skylar Shreves, Katelyn Shreves, Jadyn Row and Jesse Row; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Jane (husband, Tom) Powers, of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church, 312 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with the Rev. Lloyd Hall and Pastor Gary Hall officiating. Jerry will be cremated following the funeral service.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church.

Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 312 W. Washington St., Hartford City, IN 47348 or Blackford County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348 or Hartford City Little League.

Online condolence may be made to
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Keplinger Funeral Home
509 N High St Hartford City, IN 47348
(765) 348-0610
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Published in Hartford City News Times from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, 2014
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